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Ministry in Transition

Leading your church during interim times, in times of crisis or transition

October 1—3      
Program begins at 2 p.m. on Monday; concludes by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

 Disciples Center at Tawakoni
8492 SW Tawakoni Rd.
Augusta, KS

DETERMINE: Where the Congregation is and What Gives It Life
DISCOVER: Engage the Vision, Implement Actions, New Life Emerges
DECIDE God’s Direction and Imagining the Future

Presenters:

  • Kathy Bryant
  • Steve Bridwell
  • Don Bryant

This training event is jointly sponsored by Christian Church in Oklahoma & Christian Church in Kansas. Leadership costs subsidized by a grant from the Kansas Bible Chair.

Registration:

$100 through Sept 21; $125 through Sept 28. Fee covers 6 meals, camp lodging, program and materials. Must register and pay before Friday, September 28.  No Refunds after September 21. 

Register online below or download and mail registration form with payment to Topeka Regional office, 2914 SW MacVicar, Topeka 66611. Make check payable to Christian Church in KansasNOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

 

Want Your Money to be Worth More?? Double it!

Let’s finish the Swimming Pool Project at Tawakoni and get the bathhouse built!

During July and August, as an encouragement to Steve Martin and in a push to complete this project, an anonymous donor will match the first $10,000 in additional money given toward paying off the pool loan, building the bathhouse, and replacing the fence.

Make your gifts online, send your check to Topeka Regional Office, or if you are in the vicinity of the South Central office, pay with your credit or debit card via the Square device that Renee Bridwell carries. Make checks payable to the Christian church in Kansas.

Thank you for your gifts which make the ministry of the regional church possible, especially your gifts to the Annual Fund and to this above & beyond project.

Reconcilation Grants

The Reconciliation Committee meets twice a year: in May, to consider grant applications and approve the projects that will receive funds from the coming September/October offering, and in January, after all offerings for the previous year have been received, to allocate those funds among the approved projects.

Criteria for projects include alignment with the purpose of the offering and the congregation’s support of Disciples Mission Fund and the Reconciliation Offering.

Projects approved for funds from the 2018 offering:

  • Home Sweet Home Ministry, Independence KS
  • Birthday Backpacks, Pine Valley CC, Wichita
  • LINK, Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen
  • Peace Camp, Topeka Center for Peace and Justice

Becoming Fisher-Men: Rediscovering Our Ministry

Disciples Men Odyssey Fall Retreat
September 21 – 23, 2018
Disciples Center at Tawakoni

Jesus did a lot of ministry with fishermen. A lot of men love to fish. Together, we will explore how doing things that we love to do can strengthen our ministries for men and by men.

Men and boys 10 years and older are invited to spend a weekend rediscovering the mission Jesus’ call to be a fisher of men.  While originally conceived as a partnership journey for teen boys and their father figures, the vision for the Odyssey Project has grown to include any man who is tired of going through the motions of being a follower of Jesus.

Activities include pre-event mission project, fishing tournament, golf outing, campfire, and watching “When the Game Stands Tall”.

Featuring Rev. Dr. Irvin Green
The Rev. Dr. Irvin W. Green is the pastor of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Kettering, OH. In a ministerial career of 30 years, he has served 10 congregations in 5 regions. He is a graduate of Christian Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Chicago Theological Seminary (DMin). Dr. Green also served as the Director of Field Education at Lexington Theological Seminary. He is the Pastor Counselor for the General Council of Disciple Men, a role that he previously served in the Illinois/Wisconsin Region.

Register and pay online below or download registration form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.  Credit card payments and gifts to the region, whether online, by phone or by other means, appear on your credit card statement as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH.”

 

Pentecost Special Offering

Received in most congregations on May 20 & 27.

Pentecost celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ disciples, the birth of the church. Starting new churches is a God thing; it requires faith, maturity, and partnership within the denomination, the region, and the local community.

Since 2001, we Disciples have started 990 new churches, toward the goal of 1,000 new congregations by the year 2020.

The Pentecost Offering supports the new church movement. Half of the offering remains in the region, and half is used by Hope Partnership in new church ministry: assessment, training, and support for new church planters,  and resources for new congregations.

Your generous gift to the Pentecost Offering supports the new church movement. You will help new church pastors develop a clear vision and plan for their ministry.

 Read more about New Church Ministry.

It’s Camp Time!

Bring your tools! Bring your sleeping bag! It’s time to get our camp and conference center ready for the summer camping season. Spring work days are May 21-25.  Volunteers are needed for kinds of jobs. 

Jobs include:

  • Cleaning buildings
  • Burning grass
  • Servicing equipment
  • Inspecting lift stations
  • Moving wood chips
  • Moving dirt
  • Spreading gravel
  • Plumbing issues
  • Installing a storm door

Additionally, work continues on the Caretaker’s house.  Work crews spent a week in April drywalling and a contractor will come in and do all the drywall finishing.  Once that is complete, volunteers are needed for painting and flooring.

To help with any of this please contact Vern Failor or call 785 231 3960.

Men’s Odyssey Fall Retreat

Save the Date!

Becoming Fisher-Men: Rediscovering Our Ministry
Disciples Men Odyssey Fall Retreat
September 21 – 23, 2018
Disciples Center at Tawakoni

Jesus did a lot of ministry with fishermen. A lot of men love to fish. Together, we will explore how doing things that we love to do can strengthen our ministries for men and by men.

Men and boys 10 years and older are invited to spend a weekend rediscovering the mission Jesus’ call to be a fisher of men.  While originally conceived as a partnership journey for teen boys and their father figures, the vision for the Odyssey Project has grown to include any man who is tired of going through the motions of being a follower of Jesus.

Activities include pre-event mission project, fishing tournament, golf outing, campfire, and watching “When the Game Stands Tall”.

What we do with what we have

Stewardship Corner
By: Jim McCollough, Pastor 
Holton First Christian Church
April Kansas Messenger

In 2009, the CEOs of the big three American auto makers asked Congress for a $25 billion industry bail-out. Each executive flew from the same city to the same destination in his own private jet. The estimated cost of each flight was $20,000, considerably more than a first-class ticket. Legislators expressed outrage that, as one put it, “you would come off private luxury corporate jets with tin cups in your hands!”

I have long contended that we become so accustomed to our way of life, our perception of reality, that we don’t notice when our actions bring us up short. One of the greatest enemies of gratitude is an entitlement mindset; they just don’t go together. It’s hard to be humble when asking for a billion-dollar bail-out, after showing up in a luxury corporate jet!

Our North American culture is awash in a mindset of entitlement. We live in a rich nation with a mindset that we had it all coming to us. Too often that attitude infects the church as well. Privilege and prerogative and power seldom yield to thankfulness, because thankfulness presupposes humility.

Faithful stewardship reminds God’s people that we came into this world with nothing. The Ash Wednesday liturgy reminds us that we will leave this earth with nothing.

What we do
             -with what we have
                               -while we are here

is the long-standing question. That’s the call to faithful disciples of Jesus.

 

Easter Special Offering

Like good stewards of the multi-colored grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 
     – 1 Peter 4:10

Received in most congregations on March 25 and April 1

The grace of God is overflowing in the gift we have in Jesus the Christ. Our response to this great generosity is overflowing compassion, joy, faith, gratitude, and love.

Supporting the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), by giving to the Easter Offering, is one of the many ways you share your response to God’s generosity. The work of these ministries overflows “from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.”

Your gift to the Easter Offering to support the General Ministries of the church is one way to share God’s generosity, to help bring life, love and learning to many.

Ministries that receive funding from the Easter Offering include:

 

3 More Regional Listening Conferences

The Regional Vision Team is working hard to understand what role the Regional Church plays in church life in this century.  To hear from congregations, particularly from those who sit in the pews, we are hosting a series of Listening Conferences.  Three more opportunities are available to let your voice be heard.

These conferences will help us to re-think and re-visualize what it means to be the regional church, and therefore, what we as regional staff need to be doing in ministry with you.

We are asking that the pastor of each congregation in the district and if possible at least 5 church members be present for these important conversations. You are welcome to bring as many people from your congregations as you want.

RSVP with how many are coming from your church so that our host churches know how many to plan for.

Date Change! Sunday, March 11: Great Bend First Christian Church (directions) 4-5:30 p.m.
     Contact the Great Bend Satellite Office to reserve your spot. 

Date Change! Sunday, March 25: Colby First Christian Church (directions) 4-5:30 p.m.
     Contact the Great Bend Satellite Office to reserve your spot.

Date Change! Thursday, April 5: Parsons First Christian Church (directions) 6:30-8 p.m.
     Contact the Topeka Regional Office to reserve your spot.